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NCG crowned champions of Tennessee-2010

Author: Prudhvi Reddy
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A team which played as a team crowned as champions of Tennessee Cricket League 2010.

After all the efforts and hard work through out the cricket season, two teams (team NCG and team NCA) have found their ways to the finals and then the day of the finals came to decide the best. Nothing much can be asked for a good game of cricket than a warm sunny day and Saturday the 9th of October was Just one of those days.

NCG won the toss and elected to bat first. NCG started the game with their most successful opening pair: Kishore and Rajesh. Kishore and Rajesh had a successful opening partnership with Rajesh being the aggressor and Kishore steering the innings. The openers were able to frustrate the bowlers and scored at a brisk 6 runs per over, which had the opposing captain Srimanth change his bowlers for short spells. After the unsuccessful first spell from Srimanth and Srinivas, Srimanth had to bring in his swing bowlers Aniket and Hitesh who turned out unsuccessful as well, against the cautious NCG openers. Arun was brought in for the 3rd spell, who strikes in the very first over taking the wicket of Rajesh caught at slip, but not before he gives NCG a good start with an useful 26. With tidy bowling at the other end from the pacer Vishal helping Arun,he picks up Anant in the second over. Kalyan steps in at the loss of Anant and puts arun out of the park for couple of huge sixes before eventually getting out to Arun trying one shot too many. Kalyan was able to step up the run-rate by scoring a quick fire 26 of 15 balls.

At the loss of Kalyan Mr.Cricket of NCG Rohan Mohite steps in, soon as the tide seems to swing in NCA's favor after a brilliant start from NCG openers. Vishal's Brilliant bowling, who gets Kishore caught at the keeper with a lovely leg cutter (but not before a useful 21 from kishore) and Rohan Bowled for a duck with a brilliant in swinging off cutter. This puts NCA way on the top and left NCG in deep trouble at 84 for 5 with 15 odd overs to face. Mayank and Prudhvi stepped in on the loss of Kishore and Rohan respectively and got a useful partnership of 43 runs in around 5 overs before mayank fell to a well executed shot over the covers to Vishal but to find Sherrif at deep covers, Prudhvi, fell to Jaideep soon after mayank. At this point the score was 127 for 7 in 20 overs.Then came in Bimal and Vibohr, who had a big task studying the innings and they got useful runs to boost the total with out loosing the wicket, Vibohr fell to Arun, but not before a handy contribution in an useful partnership with Bimal. Krishna, chipped in after the fall of vibohr's wicket and was cautious to start with until the 26 over and then scored useful boundaries to boost the total. Mean while bimal was making sure that he stays in the crease and scored runs along the ground to protect his wicket. Krisha chipped in with a quick fire useful 19 runs going with 3 boundaries before he was caught in the bowling of Jaideep. Which leaves NCG 9 down with couple more overs to go to the 30 over mark. Priyank stepped in at the loss of krishna who scored 8 runs with a 6 of srinivas. Bimal and Priyank went for everything in the last over and Bimal got out in the last over, Not before a great responsible knock of 20 runs. This leaves NCG with 191 runs at the end of first innings. With Useful contributions from every single person in the team.

NCA opened with their veteran openers Sujay and Arun, who are known to give steady starts. Krishna and Anant shared the new ball for NCG, with Krishna to start off the proceedings from the baseball field end. Krishna got Arun early, with a forward slice from Arun going to Anant at backward point to held onto it brilliantly. After the early loss of Arun, Gideon the veteran Wicket keeper for NCA steps in and starts a steady partnership with Sujay, Both the batsman made sure to put off the bad balls and steady the innings without loosing a wicket. At the first bowling change Vibohr and Kishore bowled brilliantly, although unsuccessful in getting a wicket but were able to contend the runs. At the end of their Bimal and Mayank opened their spells and were able to do the same giving away a miser 4-5 runs per over. Although NCA were happy with the way things were going with out loosing wickets, the run rate kept creeping and at the end of the 19 Th over NCA was 92 for 1, needing another 100 runs from 66 balls. Realising the creeping run rate Gideon and Sujay attempted to go for big shots, but were unable to connect and could score only 8 runs of mayank's over, needing another 92 runs from the 10 overs at the end of second break. Sujay had a calf injury just before the break and hopped in with Arun as his runner. Bimal who started the 21 st over had a dot ball for the first and got sujay bowled on the second. With Sujay back in the hut Srimanth, the captain of NCA stepped in and along side Gideon looked to score quick runs. Krisha followed a spell of two overs after Bimal, who bowled brilliantly to both Gideon and Srimanth foxing both the players with deceiving slower balls, bouncers and yorkers, conceding 15 runs in his two overs, at the end of 25 NCA was needing 60 runs of 5 overs @ 12 per over. Prudhvi bowled the 25 over conceding 9 runs and at the end of the 25th NCA were needing 51 runs of 4 overs, which seemed very much in favor of NCG. But Srimanth though the other ways, who scored 19 runs in the 26th over, supported by poor fielding in the deep by NCG. Needing 32 in 3 overs, prudhvi bowled an over of 10 runs needing 22 in 2 overs. then Kishore made a brilliant decision of handing the ball to Anant the experienced pacer and to move the mid wicket fielder (Krishna) to wide mid-on, Anant who started off the over with 1 and 4 of the first two balls (17 off 10 balls required) took the wicket of Srimanth the next ball, Courtesy of a brilliant catch from Krishna at Midwicket, gave two runs (4th ball), Zero runs (5th ball) and got Vishal out for the Last ball (Now that is what you call experience). This left the Thrilling final to a last over clincher, needing 15 runs of the last over. Kishore threw the ball to Prudhvi for the last over, who conceded 1run of the first ball, which gets the set Gideon out of strike, but gets Aniket in, Who got an inside edge of the second ball for 2 runs, this leaves NCA needing 12 off 4 bowls, The bowler then balls a Slightly slower delivery on the stumps and Aniket swings early and is bowled. Needing 12 from 3 balls The big hitting Sheriff Steps in and gets out on a beautiful yorker from Prudhvi. This leaves NCA needing 12 of 2 and jaideep steps in and goes for a big swing, but the ball misses the bat, needing merely impossible 12 of 1 ball. The final ball was a dot ball too and all the NCG players go up euphorically.

That summarizes the great season for NCG which was formed not more that 2 years ago, by our mentors (Kishore, Bimal and Sunny). Thanks to the team game cricket here in Nashville, where the best and the most deserving team one.

As an author i am obliged to be writing this summary and i am happy to be the part of the team and i should say i enjoyed every bit of being NCG so far. And i know all my peers feel the same to. GO NCG and this trophy is for Bimal, Kishore and Sunny to fulfill their dreams of the team and to Mayank, who is leaving to India. and all the team members.

Special thanks to Kishore (Tummala) Anna and Tejas Bhai, who are our great team players.

Cheers, GO NCG
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